The UOBCC annual general meeting was held last Wednesday, with the majority of elected positions being filled by new faces.
Club Captain - Fred Cook
Vice Captain Road - Andrew Kirby
Vice Captain MTB - Daniel Morris
Treasurer - Ben Alexander
Race Captain/Track Captain - Ryan Witchell
Road Captain - Sam Maddrell-Mander
XC Captain - Louisa Ramsay
Downhill Captain - Ben Stephens
General Sec - Callum Hunter
Social Sec - Blaine Lambon
Events Sec - Thomas Farrugia
Kit Sec - Sean Polden
Emails have been a bit few and far between lately as final year has taken its toll. This will probably be my last email before I hand over the reins to Callum's capable hands. I hope UOBCC continue to be pushing the boundaries in 2015/16.
Meet at the water tower on the Downs (on the Whiteladies road side) at 10 am.
The annual trip to the French mountains is back!
This year we will be heading to Arreau in the beautiful Midi-Pyrénées region for a week of riding on spectacular, smooth, winding roads up immense Cols and jaw-dropping descents.
The dates for the trip are 14th-21st June, sign-ups will go live here very soon.
There will be TWO options when signing up for the Pyrenees trip:
Option 1: Driving - £220, 10 spaces available. You will leave Bristol on Saturday 13th June and catch a lift in either Tom's or Thomas's car to the south of France, arriving at some point Sunday morning.
Option 2: Flying - £150 + Flights(~£110), 12 spaces available. You will fly from Bristol - Toulouse on the 14th June departing 11:40 and arriving 14:25. We will pick you up from Toulouse airport and drop take you to Arreau. You will return Toulouse on the 21st departing at 14:55 and arriving back in Bristol at 15:45. You must make your bike available to be put in the van on the 13th June. I expect this will be the most in demand option so it is first come first serve! Once booked on you are responsible for booking your own flights at the times described above (easy jet).
We have 5 self-catered studio apartments for up to 6 persons each. Food basics will be included (we will take a load of pasta, oats etc with us for each room) but there's a supermarket nearby for anything fresh. Sign ups will be going live as soon as the union get round to putting them up. If there's demand for more spaces I should be able to find some. More info and updates will be posted on Facebook.
Spring Term Cycling Roundup
UOBCC Open TT
Bristol South RR
BUCS DH - check out the race report on our website.
Saturday 28th March marked the day of our second ever open 10 TT. Following a fairly optimistic weather prediction, the weather sadly turned gloomy ['stormlike'] shortly after the start. Difficult conditions ensued, which lead to a number of shivering riders reminiscing about the U7b’s ‘graveyard’ reputation. The block headwind on the way back slaughtered times on the day. Nevertheless, we had a large number of finishers with 56 riders completing the course. Following on from last year’s success at our inaugural open 10 TT, we’ve received lots of positive feedback from other clubs following the event which is great. Saying that, any other feedback on how the event went and how it could be improved would be greatly appreciated. Special mention goes out to Ryan Witchell, our fastest rider, who finished in 22:48 to secure a great tied 6th – a higher placing in the U7b 10 TT than Fabian Cancellara has ever achieved.
Bristol South RR
The next day 4 riders braved the torrential wind and rain in the Bristol South road race, it was a real race of attrition with only a third of the starters finishing the race. Cam and Charlie held onto the front group to take 8th and 7th in a thrilling photo-finish, while Andrew came home in the 2nd group in 20th. Charlie also managed to take 5th in the KOM competition. Kudos to all who finished in the extreme conditions which saw the race length cut short. Read the full report here.
A preview from 'Nat “Huck it to Flat” Aaronson'. Sorry this got delayed, I haven't send out an email in a while [Tom]. A gripping race report follows below.
"The final weekend of the Easter break will see the hard core of UOBCC’s knobbly tyred brethren putting their skills to the test at BUCS Downhill. We will be travelling all the way up to Scotland, to see if the gruelling months of winter training have paid off - training such as the propriety UOBCC method of “Cake Racing”, in which the riders effectively have sweet confectionaries dangled in front of their faces in order to try and make them pedal harder. Rumour has it that several top World Cup teams have been experimenting with our novel training methods to try and get the extra edge in the coming hotly anticipated season.
Representing in the men’s category will be myself, Ben Stephens, Dan Morris, and Sam Oliver, accompanied by our two greatest hopes of victory Lawrence “Go Bigg or Go Home” Bigg and Mike “I Could Ride My BMX Down This" Elkington. Representing in the ladies category we have Louisa Ramsay and Naomi Magowan, and the whole team will be under the watchful eye of manager and master tactician Eric Eckstein."
BUCS DH Race Report
The women's team of Naomi and Louisa took home bronze and Laurence Biggs pulled off a sublime 19th in a race where the top 10 race on the World Cup circuit.
It sounds like it was a fantastic weekend for all. To find out what happened to everyone else, check out the full race report from Nat on our website.